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Friday, March 18, 2016

Here’s how Metro wants to spend $120 billion over the next 40 years



Metro unveiled an ambitious list of rail, road and bike projects Friday, part of a $120 billion tax measure proposed for the November ballot.

Projects prioritized for the first 15 years include: a people-mover into LAX; completing the subway to Westwood; toll lanes on the 105 Freeway and a second extension of the Gold Line Foothill train from Azusa to Claremont.

The project list and tax measure will go before the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in June.

One project not included in the plan is extension of the 710 Freeway.

Metro’s most recent extension to its rail system, the Foothill Gold Line Extension that debuted earlier this month, was funded through the half-cent sales tax increase in Measure R now runs from Pasadena to Azusa.

Metro wants to extend Measure R to raise billions more to fund its next projects. That proposal will be on the November ballot.

Here’s Metro’s entire plan that was revealed on Friday.


From Sylvia Plummer, March 18, 2016

The No 710 Action Committee is calling for everyone to attend the Metro Board of Directors meeting next Thursday, March 24th at 9 a.m.  The Board will address the project list for the proposed tax increase/extension ballot measure R2.   

How you can help:   We need as many No 710 people as possible to attend next Thursday's Metro Board Meeting to help send our message to the Metro Board that the 710 tunnels MUST be removed from all documents and consideration or we will actively work against Measure R2, which will be on the  November  ballot.  Come and speak for one minute or support those that will speak.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @  9 a.m

at Metro Headquarters (behind Union Station)

3rd floor, Metro Board Room

One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA  90012

We will all meet outside the Metro Board Room before 9am on the 3rd floor.

Directions:  See this link for directions to the Metro Headquarters Building:


No 710 Action Committeee Letter to the Metro Board.


GUSD joins coalition of school districts against proposed 710 Freeway tunnel extension project


By Arin Mikalian, March 18, 2016

GUSD joins coalition of school districts against proposed 710 Freeway tunnel extension project : School board votes to side with neighbors against freeway extension.

The Glendale Unified School Board took an opposing stance to a potential tunnel extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway on Tuesday, siding with concerns from neighboring districts over possible adverse impacts to student health.

The unanimous vote by the local board is aimed at aligning Glendale Unified with the Pasadena, South Pasadena, Burbank and La Cañada school districts within a group called the 5-Star Education Coalition.

The collective will then vote to pass along its concerns to Gov. Jerry Brown's office in hopes the state government will intervene and compel Caltrans and Metro — the key principals on the potential tunnel project — to refine their proposal. The tunnel itself may end up being as long as 4.5 miles and would connect the 710 Freeway to Pasadena.

 In the adopted resolution, Glendale Unified is challenging the findings of a draft environmental impact report conducted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

"The [coalition] finds that the [report] does not adequately address the adverse health and potential cancer impacts and risks to school students, staff and parents given a potential route's close proximity as proposed in the study," the resolution states.

Increased traffic was also raised as a possible negative quality-of life-impact.

"The [coalition] does not agree with the [report's] findings that the building of a tunnel and the expansion of State Route 710 will not bring additional traffic," according to the resolution.

The draft environmental impact report was released last year, and more than 2,500 public comments about it were submitted. Metro officials are currently working to respond to all the comments.

The root of the concerns is over an increased number of trucks passing through the Crescenta Valley, bringing additional pollution to schools along the Foothill (210) Freeway in La Crescenta and La Cañada.

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"We are part of the impact, there's no question about it … I think it does help the Crescenta Valley community to go shoulder to shoulder with them on this issue," said board member Greg Krikorian.
The city of Glendale is part of a five-city alliance that has already spoken out against the 710 tunnel extension. Other nearby groups have also expressed concerns.

"I've gone to the Crescenta Valley Town Council, and they talked about the health issue and the impact and all that," said board member Armina Gharpetian.

The coalition — made up of representatives from each school district — will vote Friday whether to adopt a final resolution to forward to Brown's office.